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Chicken Biryiani Recipe


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Ingredients

1 (3-pound) chicken, quartered
2-1/2 cups chicken stock
1 green serrano (medium-hot) chili, seeded and chopped
3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea-salt flakes
2 onions
6 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
1-1/4 cups basmati rice
20 green cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, blanched and skinned
1/2 cup dried mango pieces, raisins or sultanas
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon saffron powder or 2 pinches saffron threads, crushed
Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


Place chicken, stock, chili, ginger, cinnamon and salt in a large, heavy saucepan or flameproof casserole. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until fairly tender. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.


Pour cooking liquid into a measuring cup and add water if necessary to make 2-1/2 cups.


Quarter onions, then separate into petal-like layers. Add ghee to saucepan and heat until melted. Add onion and fry until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a small plate.


Add rice, cardamom pods and cloves to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes or until rice is browned slightly.


Return chicken to pan; add almonds, pistachios, mango, coriander, cumin and garlic. Sprinkle saffron into mixture and cook 2 minutes.


Return stock and onions to pan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook, undisturbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Rice should be tender and the liquid completely absorbed. Sprinkle cilantro on top.


Note: Though it is usual to remove the skin when cooking chicken in the Indian way, if you leave it on, the flavor will be richer and even more delicious.


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